GOVERNMENT MEETINGS -- Wilson County Commission Planning & Zoning Committee will meet 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Lebanon City Council will meet in a special called meeting at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
Lebanon Airport Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the airport at 760 Franklin Road.
Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Wilson County Road Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at the Road Commission office and will be followed by the Urban Type Public Facilities Board at the same location.
Community Calendar -- Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center has started Social Skills Classes for special needs children with any challenge. Teen social skills meet Mondays at 4 p.m.; pre-school social skills meet Tuesdays at 3 p.m.; and elementary school social skills meets Thursdays at 4 p.m. Classes are $15 per session. Call 206-1176 for signups. Special soccer and field hockey meet every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at 185 West Franklin Street, Gallatin.
InkLink Recycling is accepting used ink cartridges and old cell phones at the following locations: The Lebanon Democrat, Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, WANT FM 98.9, Rose Tire, Burchett Ford and Quick Lane. Proceeds from all cartridges and cell phones collected goes to New Leash on Life and Books from Birth. For information, call 444-4615.
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Wilson County Food Pantry at Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency offers food boxes. Information needed to obtain a food box includes proof of 2010 income and Social Security numbers of everyone in the household. The Food Pantry is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, contact Community Service Associate Gayla Brooks at 444-4714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit online at www.mid-cumberlandcaa.com. MCCAA is at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Do you like to write, but aren’t sure how to go about it, where to start, or what to do with what you already have? A new arm of the West Wilson Arts Alliance is gearing up, and you can join other local writers for support, networking and critique groups. Send your contact information along with a writing sample and some basic information about you and what you like to write to TnWriterEditor@gmail.com, with WW Writers Guild in the subject line for consideration and more information.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
Volunteers needed for elderly nursing home residents to assist the Ombudsman Program in visiting elderly residents of long-term care facilities and to advocate for these residents. Requirements include patience, persistence, ability to be objective and concern for the vulnerable elderly population. For more information or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-5259 or 452-1687.
NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at the Spain House. Jean Ayers will present the program.
Bluegrass/Country Music at Timberline Campground will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, featuring Sue Rollins and Pulltight Express Band. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.
Unity Church, 222 Cainsville Road, Lebanon, will have a gospel singing at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, with guest singers The Kinslows and others. Everyone is welcome. The pastor is Brother Kenneth Bowen.
Wilson County Conservatives will meet at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Logan’s Roadhouse at Providence MarketPlace in Mt. Juliet.
Wilson County Republican Party will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at WCRP Headquarters located at Kevin’s Automotive, 500 South Cumberland Street, Suite C, Lebanon (directly behind 231 Car Sales). Guest speaker will be Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. For information, call Kevin Foushee at 444-5732 or visit the website at www.wilsongop.org.
Gladeville Community Center Men’s Club had to postpone shoots scheduled in December due to weather and holidays. The final shoot will be held on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, beginning at noon. For information, call Earl Ray at 604-5735 or Tommy Knowles at 443-4522.
Wilson County Democratic Party will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at the Gentry Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. Plans for 2011 will be discussed including the Chili Cook-Off to be held Saturday, March 5. All Democrats are urged to attend. For information, call 444-3838.
Wilson County Board of Education meeting, scheduled originally for 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, has been changed to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 17, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, Dec. 27.
Lebanon Area Crohn’s & Colitis Support Group will be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:15 until 8:30 p.m. at the University Medical Center Board Room. The next meeting will be Jan. 11, 2011, and Dr. Ronald Cole will be the guest speaker. Michelle Chianese from the Tennessee Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America will also attend. Light refreshments will be provided.
Wilson County Right to Life will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet. For information, call Trecia Dillingham at 443-5458/
West Hills Baptist Church will be a host site for Angel Food Ministries in January. Order dates for January are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17 and Tuesday, Jan. 18. The disbursement date is Saturday, Jan. 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. Orders may be placed on their website www.westhillsbaptistchurch.com and click on the Angel Food link by using a credit/debit card. In order to pay with an EBT card or in cash, you must place your order in the church office.
Wilson County Beekeepers Association will offer a three-night course on beginning beekeeping Tuesday, Jan. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, also in the West Building at the Ward Ag Center. The course begins at 7 each night and will end about 9 p.m. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple and includes membership in the WCBA, a one-year membership in the Tennessee Beekeepers Association and a copy of Beekeeping in Tennessee. To reserve your place, or for information, call Petra Mitchell at 286-2529 by Jan. 15.
Communitywide Red Cross Training (formerly Mass Care) will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. This is the class required to get a Red Cross badge and a background check will be needed (provided by Red Cross online). This can also be a refresher class for those who previously took the classes because procedures change. Also, a training class on Shelter Operations and Shelter Simulation will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, also in the Fellowship Hall at First UMC. There will be a lunch break or bring your lunch. Prepare to help Wilson County shelters function in the next disaster. Sign up for one or both classes by emailing Patty Caldwell at email@example.com or call Valerie at the local Red Cross office at 878-9080.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11, 2011. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.